Richard Blankenship, LPC, NCC, CPCS, CCPS, CCSAS is the clinical and administrative director for the Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT & Relational Trauma and the Capstone Center for Sexual Recovery & Transformation; a program for male addicts, female addicts, spouses/partners of sex addicts, couples in recovery, and services for children & adolescents. Richard is one of the founders of the International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists (IACSAS) where he served as president for 13 years, and a founding board member of the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) where he served for over 4 years. He developed the first graduate course to be taught on sexual addiction along with a colleague and guest lectures in a variety of University level courses. Richard is a frequent guest on Atlanta area radio & television programs dealing with sexual addiction, spouses/families of addicts, and domestic violence. He is the author of the LIFE Guide for Young Men, and a Journey Through Secrets. He is the co-author of Spouses of Sex Addicts: Hope for the Journey (book & workbook) and the LIFE Guide for Couples.
Richard holds two masters degrees; an M.Ed. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and an M.A. From Harding University Graduate School. Richard is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) with the state of Georgia, a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors, a certified clinical hypnotherapist (CCH), a certified clinical sexual addiction specialist (CCSAS), and a certified clinical partner specialist (CCPS.) Richard is also a certified professional counselor supervisor (CPCS) through the licensed professional counselors association of Georgia. He is married with two children and has worked with churches and counseling centers for over 25 years.
To schedule an appointment with Richard call 770-744-5055. Richard@capstoneatlanta.com.
Reva Manon Kraus, LCSW is a co-clinical director for Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT, & Relational Trauma. She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She has extensive experience working in addictions both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has done intensive work in trauma treatment at a regional crisis center and has experience helping people with chronic medical conditions. This wide background has prepared her to help clients who face a wide variety of problems that affect mental health including dealing with chronic illness, addiction, recovering from trauma, and overcoming destructive relationship patterns. Reva is trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) under Michael Maslar, PhD. Manon has conducted DBT in both community mental health and private practice settings. Manon was the director of True North Counseling until it merged with Capstone Center for Counseling, DBT & Relational Trauma. To schedule an appointment with Reva Manon Kraus call 770-744-5055.
Sonya Kennedy, LPC earned her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University where she was trained clinically and learned how to integrate theology into counseling. Sonya is a family counselor working with all ages and stages of life. She works with children, adolescents, individuals, singles, divorcees, premarital, marital, and families in regards to various life issues. Sonya is trained as a stepfamily specialist and works with Atlanta Stepfamilies. She is a certified clinical sexual addiction specialist candidate and treats sexual integrity and intimacy issues. Sonya obtained a specialization working with children and adolescents.
A particular focus is depression, anxiety, bipolar disorders, OCD and ADHD where she helps clients learning to deal with their illness through various coping skills as well as making changes and improvements in their daily lives. Using therapeutic interventions with a strong focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Sonya offers Intensive Outpatient Therapy for Individuals and Couples. Sonya has training in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and incorporates this into her counseling. Sonya builds therapy for each individual’s needs. Utilizing her strong faith in God, Sonya helps clients recognize and use their faith as a basis for positive change and growth. Sonya feels called to this ministry and feels privileged to come alongside others. Sonya sees clients at our Dunwoody and Cumming locations. Click here for a video of Sonya sharing about her work. For an appointment with Sonya call 770-744-5055.
Dr. Janice Stevens, LPC, NCC, CCPS, CCSAS specializes in working with spouses/partners of sex addicts. She is an experienced group leader and therapist and is a certified clinical partner specialist with the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS.) Dr. Stevens understands and works extensively with the trauma experienced by partners of people with sexual infidelity issues. She is a part of the Capstone Sexual Recovery & Transformation program.
Dr. Stevens obtained her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a nationally certified counselor (NCC) with the National Board of Certified Counselors. She is a certified clinical sexual addiction specialist (CCSAS) with the International Association of Certified Sexual Addiction Specialists. Dr. Stevens is also a certified clinical partner specialist (CCPS) with the Association for Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists. She serves as an adjunct professor at Mercer University in the Master’s degree program for school counseling. Janice currently enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Dr. Stevens has an extensive background in the field of school counseling where she worked with adolescents in individual, small group, and classroom settings. She also has considerable experience working with parents of adolescents, helping them develop a clear direction of how to guide their children through the difficult adolescent years. Her professional experience has helped Dr. Stevens develop knowledge, insight, and sound helping skills in order to better serve her clients in the counseling setting. Janice works with couples, individuals, and therapy groups. She sees clients at our Dunwoody location. Click here for a video of Janice sharing about her work. In order to schedule an appointment with Janice, call 770-744-5055.
Sunamita Tuple, LPC is a licensed professional counselor in the state of Georgia. Sunamita received a bachelor degree in Psychology from Emory University, a Master’s degree (1998) and Specialist in Education degree (2000), both in professional counseling, from Georgia State University and a Master degree in Christian Psychological Studies with a specialization in Sex Therapy (2005) from Richmont University. Sunamita is also a certified Prepare/Enrich counselor.
Sunamita has experience working in a hospital based setting as well as out-patient and private practice settings providing individual, group, couples and family therapy. Sunamita is passionate about relationship and family counseling, the important role that spirituality plays in our lives, women’s issues, issues of identity development and growth, self esteem, professional development, and adjustment and life transitions.
Sunamita’s areas of expertise include depression and bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders and stress management, addiction, dual diagnosis, sex therapy, issues of co-dependence, issues of communication and boundaries, and grief and loss.
“I believe, in each of us, there is an inherent need to be understood and accepted. I believe psychotherapy involves building a caring relationship in which clients feel safe and at ease. My goal for our time together is to help you better understand yourself, understand patters behind the choices you make and equip you with coping skills that will enable you to more effectively deal with life stressors. Sunamita sees clients at our Dunwoody and Marietta locations. To schedule an appointment with Sunamita call 770-744-5055.
Amanda Dance, APC earned her M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, and her B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her previous work as a Children’s Ministry Director and Director of Instruction, Amanda gained extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families with various issues—including ADHD, behavioral issues, self-esteem concerns, childhood traumas, and parental counseling. Amanda has found Play Therapy techniques, Solution-Focused therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to be especially helpful with her clients. While children and adolescents are a specialty for her, she enjoys assisting clients in all stages of life and those of all types including individuals and couples.
Besides her calling to help others, and spending time with her family, Amanda admits that it is her relationship with God that gives her the greatest joy. She feels blessed and privileged to assist others in their journey to mental healing.
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To schedule an appointment with Amanda, call 770-744-5055. Amanda works under the clinical supervision of Terry Freeman, MS, MAC, LPC, CPCS.
Stephanie Weisman, MS, LPC, DCC holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia. She is also a nationally certified counselor (NCC) and a distance certified counselor (DCC). Stephanie did her post-grad training under the supervision of Ruby Blow, MA, LPC, NCC, CPCS. Stephanie has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. She has worked in the fields of addiction counseling, assertive community treatment, and community counseling. Stephanie is an approved provider for Blue-cross-blue shield (BCBS), Humana, and Aetna. Stephanie attended the 2013 Georgia School of Addiction Studies and received specialized training with working with women and addiction.
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For an appointment with Stephanie call 770-744-5055.
Marcus Lusk MA, APC (LPC candidate), holds a Master in Arts of Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Marcus has worked with adults that have substance use disorders, including group therapy. Marcus has worked with adult men who struggle with issues including pornography and sexual addiction. In addition to his work with adults, Marcus has experience working with children and adolescence with anger issues, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, depression, etc. Marcus has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults that have experienced physical, sexual, and emotional trauma. Marcus has experience working with male adolescents and children with autism as a secondary diagnosis.
“I have a passion to work with male adolescents and adults that deal with anger, opposition, trauma, and sexual-based issues.” I personally like to work with client’s with “tough” issues, and be the support they might not find in other places. I have a Christian-based faith, and love working with my family in Christ, as well as individuals from other faiths and beliefs.
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To make an appointment with Marcus call 770-744-5055 or email Marcus.Lusk@capstoneatlanta.com.
Sarah Ramsay, MA, LMFT, DCC holds a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mercer University, School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA and also a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies from Samford University. Sarah has experience working with adolescents, adults, families and couples in a variety of areas, including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, trauma, relationship concerns and general stress. Specifically, she has training in EMDR, a style of therapy recognized by the American Psychiatric Association that enable people to heal from the stubborn symptoms and emotional distress resulting from troubling life experiences. Sarah has training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, which primarily works to restore romantic relationships and has been found to be effective between family members as well and is a Prepare Enrich therapist for Premarital counseling. Sarah is also a distance certified counselor (DCC) and can offer services online outside of the Atlanta area.
“I’d like to invite you to my judgement free environment to explore, learn, heal and grow. My desire is to help guide you to a life of contentment and peace. I look forward to being a part of your journey.” Sarah takes Aetna insurance and Cigna HMO, Cigna POS, and Cigna EAP. To schedule an appointment with Sarah, call 404.590.3412 or email at Sarah@capstoneatlanta.com.
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Meghan Ready, LMFT, holds a MA in counseling from Columbia International University and a BS in psychology from North Greenville University. Meghan has experience working with adults, couples, families, adolescents and children. Meghan has worked with adults with complicated grief, secondary trauma, relational issues, and parenting difficulties. Additionally, Meghan has worked with children and adolescents dealing with anxiety, depression, ADHD, and behavioral issues. Meghan has specialized training in working with high conflict families, children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, and children with problematic sexual behaviors.
Meghan is passionate about working with family systems and helping individuals improve their relationships with those around them, whether those relationships are child/parent relationships, romantic partnerships, or simply how one interacts with the world in general. To schedule an appointment with Meghan call 770-744-5055 or email at Meghan@capstoneatlanta.com.
Elissa Sanders, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor practicing in Atlanta, GA and has traveled internationally as a family life consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). She is a graduate of Spelman College, Georgia State University and Psychological Studies Institute. Ms. Sanders has worked with children and families throughout the duration of her career including ministries serving homeless women and children, community agencies, OCONUS/ CONUS military families, and church organizations. She has received certificates of excellence in service, and various awards for her work with families. Ms. Sanders embraces the use of Cognitive Behavior, Strength Based and Dialectical Behavior Therapies, along with Solution Focused Intervention, Bibliotherapy and Expressive Therapy during her therapeutic engagement. She enjoys using creativity and innovation through the arts in her practice, while believing, “When we empower ourselves with truth, nothing is impossible!”Elissa has worked extensively with military communities and families on various continents including, North America, Europe and Asia, to provide direct counseling, training and strategic plans to address issues unique to military culture including TBI, PTSD, deployment & separation, reintegration, and other family and military related stressors. Her background and training from Psychological Studies Institute (now Richmont University) enables her to integrate Christian principles for clients who want that approach.
Elissa accepts Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Humana and Tri-Care insurance.
Recovery Coaches, Pastoral Counselors
Dr. Mark Richardson, CPSAS is a pastoral counselor and life coach and founder of ucantoo publishing. He works with spiritual issues that come out in therapy, and also does recovery coaching. Mark provides a variety of coaching services for the counseling center. He does premarital counseling & coaching from a pastoral perspective and conducts many wedding ceremonies throughout the year. Mark is a leader of Capstone sexual recovery men’s groups and is a certified pastoral sexual addiction specialist (CPSAS). He holds a doctorate in Ministry, as well as a Master of Arts degree in both Christian Counseling Psychology and in Ministry. Mark is the author of Return To Innocence and 52 Days on the Wall. He has had more than twenty-five years of ministerial experience and is working as a group facilitator. Mark is married and has two sons. For an appointment with Mark call 678-520-8813. Click here for a video of Mark sharing about his work.
Joanna Goulding is a Masters Level Intern Counselor through Adams State University, in her final internship. Joanna is fluent in Spanish, and worked for a year as a counselor at CETPA, the largest Hispanic Mental Health Clinic in the Southeast. She also spent a year leading a peer support group for women impacted by betrayal trauma. Joanna has a passion for working with adults, teenagers and children (play therapy), struggling with Depression, Anxiety, Acute Stress, Behavior or Conduct disorders, Insomnia, Abuse and Trauma, while using evidence-based practices. She regularly incorporates creativity into her therapy sessions (music, art, games, etc.). Joanna’s undergraduate work in Human Biology and Chemistry helps her identify biochemical and nutritional links to behavior and emotional problems. She also enjoys working from a faith-based perspective when desired. Her goal is to help you feel like yourself again, and live your best life!
Call 770-744-5055 today to schedule an appointment with Joanna or email at Joanna@capstoneatlanta.com